Family and Childhood

Margaret L. King

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online May 2010 | | DOI:
Family and Childhood

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Scholars largely neglected the history of the family until after World War II, when they began to employ theoretical perspectives imported from the social sciences. In the 1960s, two principal figures triggered its study: Philippe Ariès, associated with the French Annales school, and Peter Laslett, co-founder at Cambridge University, England, of the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. Since that period, studies have proliferated on the history of family and household in Europe and its subregions and on the related topics of childhood and youth.

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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